Latest Leaders for July 2013: 5th Birthday Special

Latest Leaders logoHappy 5th Birthday to the MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders!

I went back and checked the archives here, and June 2008 was the first instance of “Latest MLBlog Rankings” — a listing of the top 10 Fan blogs and the top 10 overall blogs. Good to see some of those still going strong! Then I fast-forwarded to July 2008, and that was the first instance of “Latest Leaders”. It’s hard to believe that five years have flown by since that beginning of what has become a much-anticipated tradition among baseball bloggers, and congrats to all who keep it alive!

What I remember about those first “Latest Leaders” was the arrival of http://mlb.mlblogs.com — then called “Trade Talk” — as such a behemoth, it actually immobilized our old tag-search and commenting capability here. That was maintained by our 30 MLB.com beat reporters, and guess what? The July 2013 Latest Leaders is topped again by that same blog, this time accounting for about 20 percent of all MLB.com Blogs traffic that month. And make sure to follow the MLB Fan Cave blog for first-person reports from the inhabitants living baseball 24/7!

Hope you will add your fifth-birthday comments below, and talk about being part of this community! Whether you are on this list or not, it’s a proven traffic generator if you make sure to comment on this post and always leave your full URL with your comment. Make sure you also increase your blog’s traffic by making it easy for your readers to share your posts across social media, so see my tip in the previous post on how to add the Share icons to your posts in your blog’s dashboard.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from July 1-31:

MLB PRO
Unsurprisingly, the Trade Deadline blog behemoth was the top overall blog in July…
1. Trade Deadline 2013
2. SF Giants Photos
3. John & Cait…Plus Nine
4. TribeVibe
5. Dodgers Photog Blog
6. MLB.com Fantasy 411
7. Better Off Red
8. Brandon and Brandon
9. The Halo Way
10. Curly W Live
11. So I Married A Baseball Player…
12. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
13. Cubs Vine Line Blog
14. Clubhouse Confidential
15. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
16. White Shark
17. Phillies Insider
18. Around the Horn in KC
19. Our Game
20. Cooperstown Chatter
21. Justice4U
22. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
23. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
24. Inside the White Sox
25. Newberg Report
26. CastroTurf
27. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
28. Comerica Park, 48201
29. Desde el Desierto
30. Boomskie on Baseball
31. Wild Things
32. Roof Report
33. The Cutoff Man
34. Braves Give
35. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
36. Baseball Books
37. Rays Radio
38. Diamond Dollar$
39. Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords
40. Brandon Steiner Interviews
41. Padres hispanos
42. Beyond the Ballpark
43. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
44. Ozzie Speaks
45. Step up to B.A.T.
46. A Twinternal Perspective
47. BTF Today
48. MLBPAA Intern Insider
49. Palabras de los Padres
50. From the Reds Hall

MiLB PRO
Some of the prospects in the top-ranked blog could be getting call-ups these final months…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. The Dash Board
4. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
5. Unlocking the Keys
6. Rattler Radio
7. Salem Sox Talk
8. ‘Riders Insider Blog
9. Walking with a Swagerty
10. ‘Cats Corner
11. Inside the Jackson Generals
12. It’s All Relative
13. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
14. Porcupines in Pinstripes
15. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
16. Staten Island Yankees
17. Hook, Line, and Sinker
18. 45 Miles From Fenway
19. M-Braves Clubhouse Report
20. The Tune-Up Blog
21. Chirp Chatter
22. Barons Beat
23. Inside the San Jose Giants
24. Rollin’ with Rick
25. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
26. Intimidating Insight
27. The G-Blog
28. The Inside Pitch
29. Bill On Baseball
30. Playing in Peoria

FANS
Pinstripe Birthdays celebrates a birthday of its own this month…
1. The Baseball Collector
2. The AustralianBaseballDigest
3. A’s Farm
4. The Brewer Nation
5. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
6. Beisbol 007
7. Pinstripe Birthdays
8. The Ballpark Guide
9. mlbblogger
10. Ballparks on a Budget
11. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
12. Los bigleaguers
13. Dodger Blue World
14. Rockpile Rant
15. Fish Fry
16. Observing Baseball
17. Born on Third
18. Minoring In Baseball
19. 9 Inning Know It All
20. The Baseball Haven
21. Phillies Phollowers
22. Prospects2Pros
23. 7000 Coliseum Way
24. The Unbiased MLB Fan
25. eltubeyero22
26. The Cub Den
27. Three Up, Three Down
28. Cream City Cables
29. Formerly Fausto: A Baseball Blog
30. The Rays Rant
31. Where Everyone’s a Giant
32. baseballqueen
33. Rockin’ Redlegs
34. The Yankee Dinosaur
35. Miami Carlins Fantasy Baseball
36. Big Apple Baseball Blog
37. More Splash Hits
38. The Ballhawker
39. Talkin’ Rockies
40. Cubs Crossings
41. TheCutoffMan
42. Rox Addict
43. Flashin’ Leather
44. Blue Jays Talk
45. Pinstripe State of Mind
46. The Blue Jays Dugout
47. This is a very simple game…
48. Chasing Baseballs
49. 30 Stadiums in 30 Days
50. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
The beat writers continue to blog from ballparks around North America…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. The Zo Zone
3. Beck’s Blog
4. Postcards From Elysian Fields
5. Bowman’s Blog
6. Mark My Word
7. Bombers Beat
8. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
9. Brew Beat
10. Britt’s Bird Watch
11. Tag’s Lines
12. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
13. The Fish Pond
14. Major League Bastian
15. Mariners Musings
16. Brownie Points
17. Change for a Nickel
18. Major Lee-ague
19. Mets Cetera
20. North of the Border

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

16 Comments

Thanks for ranking my blog on the Fan list. http://pinstripestateofmind.wordpress.com/

Happy to have snuck in (#46 Fan Blog) for the 5th straight month. I’m pretty proud of the recent interviews I did with former Jays greats: http://thebluejaysdugout.com/2013/07/23/carlos-delgados-training-day-interviewing-roberto-alomar-cito-gaston-more/

Saturday, August 10 was the fourth birthday of the Pinstripe Birthday Blog. My first post (Happy Birthday Rocky Colavito) went live on the MLB-hosted forum on August 10, 2009. Since then, I have written birthday posts for 882 different Yankee players, managers, owners, GM’s, coaches and announcers.

During the past four years, my favorite baseball team has been on quite a ride. I couldn’t have picked a better time to start the blog than August of that glorious 2009 season as the Yankees were beginning a stretch drive that would take them to their 27th World Championship. Though they’ve failed to add a 28th ring since, being able to watch Jeter get his 3,000th hit and Rivera become the all-time saves leader have been two of the greatest thrills I’ve experienced during my fifty-four seasons as a fan of the Bronx Bombers. Sharing this blog with you has certainly been another.

I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from blogging. I’ve been wanting to write another book and trying to do so while running my business, blogging and keeping the lawn mowed is asking for trouble.

So I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who have been faithful readers of Pinstripe Birthdays. Your kind comments and encouragement have been the fuel that has kept my creative juices flowing these past four years. I also want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee fan. The team’s rich and colorful history makes it extremely easy to write about.

As I close, we find that our Yankees are certainly in a bit of a bind this season. All the injuries and some terrible personnel decisions have made making this year’s postseason a long shot. But Yankee teams and Yankee fans never give up. Heck, lwe just took two from the Tigers. There’s always hope when you’re a Yankee fan.

You can read my final Pinstripe Birthday Post here:

http://pinstripebirthdays.mlblogs.com/2013/08/10/

You can read my own personal favorite Pinstripe Birthday post here:

http://pinstripebirthdays.mlblogs.com/2011/12/07/

Being a newbe baseball fan – these blogs have been such a good resource! Its such a great a passionate sport and the fans really show it. Football is starting up now and I can’t help but think how much more refined Baseball is and the history that Baseball has

Happy 5th birthday! MLBLOGS is such a great community!
Hey Mark, Bleacher Boy is finally back up and running! I haven’t been on for awhile because of a hectic summer. I hope you can stop by to read and hopefully I’ll be back on the top 50. Thanks and something amazing happened! I found out Brewer’s pitcher Marco Estrada reads my blog!
Thanks
-David, Bleacher Boy

http://bleacherboy.mlblogs.com/

We are thrilled to be up to #8 this month! Check out one of our most popular posts of the year, published in July. BATTLE OF THE BEARDS:

http://ridersinsider.mlblogs.com/2013/07/17/battle-of-the-beards-tufts-vs-bleier/

Go ‘Riders!

Reblogged this on Ballparks on a Budget and commented:
Ballparks on a Budget dropped a couple stops, but managed to stay in the top 10 for the month of July! Thanks for reading!!

I was here 5 years ago, a simpler time… Happy 5th MLBlogs! My team may suck this season(such is baseball in Colorado), but MLBLogs continues to thrive. Looking forward to many more…”D” the Ranter.
http://www.RockpieRant.com

I didn’t even realize there were so many fan blogs until two years ago when I started mine. It is amazing to have an abundance of things to read when I’m on lunch or pretending like I’m working. ;)

What’s it gonna take to get Uggls hitting shsin

Happy to still be around, Mark! Thanks to anyone who has ever clicked and anyone who is yet to do so. I passed 400k total views (since the current tracking system, anyway) earlier today, so that felt pretty cool.

-Adam
The Brewer Nation

http://brewernation.mlblogs.com

I’d just like to thank all of the awesome people that make MLBlogs itself awesome. I’m now going into my third year of involvement in the community, and it has been nothing but spectacular thus far.
-Mateo

http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

It’s great to see this list every month and discover these fantastic baseball writers. Thanks to all the readers and writers out there who keep blogging fun!
Steve

http://fishfry55.mlblogs.com

Congratulations to everyone who made the list and best of luck to those on the verge of joining the ranks! Many, many thanks to those who continue to read my blog and many more to all of you for posting such great content this season.
Can blogging cure the depression brought on by a horrendously disappointing season? While our sample size is still too small to draw conclusive results, the early data certainly supports this hypothesis.
— Kristen

Happy 5th birthday!!! I love the community and engaging in the great debates and topics. Here’s to many more!

http://mlblogscubden.wordpress.com/

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